Updates to our Tamarindo Vacation Rental Condo

We hadn’t made it down to our property in a couple of years and in March of 2012 we received a 3 out of 5 star review from a guest which caught our attention.  We love to travel and want to ensure that our properties are in great shape for our guests to visit.  We strive for 5 out of 5 star reviews and had received a 5 star review at this property just 3 months earlier (which was the last review).

We’ve had a long standing rule, that we try to stick to, that we have to visit each of our properties at least once/year to ensure that they are still holding up well.  Well, we now own 5 properties in 4 locations and it can be hard to get to every location when our jobs and lives get busy.  We try to spend a week at each property and can’t always get away for 5 weeks out of the year.

The reason we have our “visit every property once/year” rule is because most property managers will never look after a property to the same standards that we will.  They also tend to come in to the property for an hour here or there to maybe a few hours when cleaning.  They don’t get to see the property in all different kinds of lighting, natural and electric.  You notice more spending a week in a property than you will performing a property check-up that may take one hour.

Our 3 star review guest pointed out that the property didn’t have enough dishes and glasses (it sleeps 7 people so should have enough dishes and cutlery to handle 7 people).  Being so close to the beach the stove fume hood and fridge had started to get rust coming through because of the salt in the air from being across from the ocean.    I’d guess that we live 500 miles away from the closest salt water body of water.  The property manager had purchased a micro-fibre couch for us when we first furnished the property.  Never again.  micro-fibre, bare legs and sun screen don’t mix.  I’ve seen micro-fibre couches last twice as long with the same amount of use and show 1/10th the wear.  The couches in Costa Rica had seen better days after five years.

We spent over $600 on new towels, dishes, glasses, etc.,.  When you add in the cost to repaint the appliances, re-upholster couches, repaint walls, buy more artwork, we spent over $3000.00 giving the condo a refresh.  Here are some before and after shots of some items:


Cutlery

Before After
The color had started to wear off of the handles of the Cutlury

The color had started to wear off of the handles of the Cutlury

New Silverware – 2012

New Steak Knife -2012


Cutting Board

Before After
The color had started to wear off of the handles of the Cutlury

Old Cutting Board

Our New Cutting Board

 

New plates, glasses, iron, ironing board
The color had started to wear off of the handles of the Cutlury

New Plates

New Glasses

New Iron

New Ironing Board


This shows the old beige upholstered couch before it was redone in a green/blue and before we added artwork to the walls.

Before After
The color had started to wear off of the handles of the Cutlury

The old couch

New larger couch

New upholstered sofa bed

This picture shows the new artwork on the walls (we essentially got to do a storage locker art work buy).


Master Bedroom Dresser

Before After
The color had started to wear off of the handles of the Cutlury

Wood Dresser

Master Bedroom Dresser has been refinished to get rid of the scratches.


New!

The color had started to wear off of the handles of the Cutlury

New Beach Towels 2012

New Bedding 2012

New Queen Sheets 2012


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